Racist Videos Bring Attention To US House Race In Georgia

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FILE- In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks to a GOP women's group in Rome, Ga. Greene faces neurosurgeon John Cowan in a primary runoff election on Tuesday, Aug. 11 in northwest Georgia's 14th Congressional District. (John Bailey/The Rome News-Tribune via AP)

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A Republican criticized for promoting racist videos and adamantly supporting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory faces a neurosurgeon who campaigned on his experience to improve the health care system in Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff for an open U.S. House seat representing northwest Georgia.

The results could indicate just how far candidates can push the limits of political rhetoric in the age of President Donald Trump before triggering a backlash from voters.

Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Dr. John Cowan have both positioned themselves as staunch Trump supporters, pushing anti-abortion, pro-gun and pro-border wall messages. But while Cowan has taken a more traditional campaign approach, Greene has found a loyal following — and controversy — by sharing video chats and social posts expressing racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic views.

Some Republican officials have condemned her campaign, raising Cowan’s profile. But her stalwarts were outside election sites on Tuesday.

At the Shelton Elementary School polling site in Paulding County, a large Marjorie Greene campaign sign declared her motto in all capital letters: “SAVE AMERICA, STOP SOCIALISM!”

Pamela Reardon, who wore a pin featuring Trump and the American flag, said she supports Greene because she connects with people and she is anti-abortion, a defender of the Second Amendment and “a true Christian.”

Reardon said she’s heard the critics of Greene’s social media posts, but said Greene “never said anything racist like they say she has.”

“I got behind her because of her honesty,” she said. “She’s not going to be bought by anybody. I could tell that her heart was pure.”

At East Paulding Middle School near Dallas, Georgia, Natalie Higgins sat on a lawn chair in a steady rain outside the polling place with a polka-dot umbrella and red and white campaign signs for Boyd Austin, a state Senate candidate who is a family friend.

Higgins, who is from nearby Hiram, said she voted for Cowan because he supports law enforcement, and because “he just seemed to run a cleaner campaign.”

Greene led in the initial June 9 Republican primary by a wide margin but failed to secure enough votes to win the nomination outright.

Soon after that race, a series of videos were unearthed in which Greene complains of an “Islamic invasion” into government offices, claims Black and Hispanic men are held back by “gangs and dealing drugs,” and pushes an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish, collaborated with the Nazis.

Greene also is part of a growing list of candidates who have expressed support for QAnon, a U.S. conspiracy theory popular among some Trump supporters.

She has responded to criticism of her rhetoric by blasting “the fake news media” and “the DC swamp.”

Cowan has strongly pushed back on Greene’s comments, saying in a recent interview that she “deserves her own Youtube channel, and not a seat in Congress.”

He says he’d use his experience as a doctor to improve the health care system and he’d push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, though he supports keeping protections for preexisting conditions.

Greene has in turn attacked Cowan as not being sufficiently conservative, branding him a RINO, a derisive acronym that stands for Republican In Name Only.

Georgia’s 14th Congressional District stretches from the outskirts of metro Atlanta to the largely rural northwest corner of the state.

The winner of Tuesday’s runoff will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. Republican Rep. Tom Graves, who did not seek reelection, last won the seat with over 76% of the vote in 2018.

(AP)




6 COMMENTS

  1. Associated Palestinians is against any decent republican candidate and will look to elect Leftist Jew haters and destroyers of normal society

  2. Trump congratulated the qanon candidate. Thank you yeshiva world for posting about her. There have been 122 killings because of white nationalist 0 from antifa. White nationalism is a problem but it doesn’t get the appropriate coverage by jewish websites because of Trumps association and dependence on white nationalist.

  3. ״ and pushes an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is Jewish, collaborated with the Nazis.״ -Soros is hates us! Don’t call someone’s an antisemite for opposing him!

  4. AO you are a damned liar. White supremacy is NOT a significant problem. The number of serious white supremacists in the USA is no more than a few hundred, versus THOUSANDS of dedicated Marxists and left-Anarchists, and TENS of thousands of black supremacists, Islamists, and other antisemites. The main reservoir of racism in the USA is in the BLACK community, and this has been known for many decades. Almost all antisemitic attacks come from there.

    Trump has NO association with, let alone dependence on, white supremacists.

    And there is NOTHING racist or antisemitic about Greene’s videos. Some of her claims are exaggerated or not well founded, but they’re not morally objectionable.

  5. Greene has found a loyal following — and controversy — by sharing video chats and social posts expressing racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic views.

    This is s a LIE. She has not expressed anything racist or antisemitic, and fear of Islam is not a phobia, it’s a rational fear.